Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity

Karin Jones

In September 2014, I received a commission to create an installation at the Royal Ontario Museum on the theme of African identity and Canadian history. I have just completed this work, and it will open January 31! The work consists of a Victorian mourning dress made of braided synthetic hair extensions, surrounded by a bed of natural cotton bolls, some of which are altered to contain tufts of my own hair. The installation will stand alone in the Wilson Canadian Heritage Gallery, within the Sigmund Samuels Gallery of Canada. The exhibition will run until November 2015.

Read my artist statement here.

Here is a video discussion by some of the curators and advisors talking about my work (skip to the 18 minute mark) and about the Of Africa initiative, a 3-year program of exhibitions and events about Africa and the African Diaspora.

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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